Thursday, October 11, 2007

Workshop on Qualitative Research, University of Stirling

Following on from the success of February's workshop, the Scottish Media and Communication Association (SMCA) postgraduate committee are pleased to announce the next one-day workshop in the series. This semester's topic will be 'Methods and Methodologies: the Challenge of Qualitative Research' and will take place at:

Venue: University of Stirling, Department of Film and Media Studies

Date: Wednesday, 28th November 2007

Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm

A number of research methods will be covered across the day and the focus will be on sharing best practice for current research and discussion about how these methods may be applied in future research. Confirmed speakers include Dr Peter Hughes (La Trobe University, Australia) on audience research techniques, Dr Stephanie Marriott
(University of Stirling) will discuss ''Grounded Theory and the Analysis of Discourse'', and Dr Mark Brownrigg (University of Stirling) will consider the value of textual analysis. The day will also include practical sessions giving students the opportunity to think about the theoretical concepts covered in relation to their own work.

Places for this event are limited to twenty and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. This event is open to all postgraduates in universities across Scotland who are conducting research into the film, television, the press, online media and the cultural industries.

Like the previous workshop on 'Philosophies of Research', travel expenses will be reimbursed to students by the SMCA.

If you are interested in attending, please send your name, institution, area of research and year of study to Caitriona at by the 9th November.

This workshop provides an excellent opportunity for postgraduate students across Scotland to meet and develop their skills in a friendly atmosphere.

The themes covered throughout the day are central to academic research and each of the speakers has used the methods discussed to conduct thought-provoking and important research.

We look forward to seeing you in Stirling!

Kind regards

Caitriona Noonan

(On behalf of the SMCA PG Committee)

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